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Updated: 14 April 2015
ink-stone / cover
Circular covered porcelain ink-stone. Underglaze blue with diaper bands around sides, and large roundel on top with a scholar holding a cassia branch and standing on a carp transforming itself into a dragon in turbulent waves. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 34 millimetres
- Diameter: 152 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi late 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Circular ink stone and cover with a scholar holding a cassia branch
The cover of the ink stone is painted with a moonlit scene. A scholar, holding a cassia branch, is shown standing on a carp, which is turning into a dragon, in waves. This is read as an emblem of good wishes for scholastic success. In traditional China, for the educated classes, social advancement was dependent on achievements within the civil service. Passing the imperial examinations could lead to a secure job within China’s extensive bureaucracy and in turn bring the scholar material rewards for himself and his family. The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Xuande reign mark
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
Cylindrical covered porcelain ink-slab. Underglaze blue with diaper bands around sides, and large roundel on top with a scholar holding a cassia branch and standing on a carp transforming itself into a dragon in turbulent waves. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39514
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